Helmets and Head Protection for Roadway Incidents

Credit Hours:  2
Approximate reading time: 1 Hour
Approximate online time: 1 Hour

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Program Abstract

Head protection has long been essential for fire response but has been less emphasized in the context of roadway incident response. Available evidence indicates that firefighter helmets, while they may be better than nothing, are not well-suited for protecting the head from the injury hazards posed when a responder is struck while operating at roadway incidents. How can the issue of the need for suitable helmets to protect the heads of responders operating on the roadway be brought to the forefront? How can departments evaluate available helmets and make good choices to protect their personnel? What research and development has been done and what kind of research will move the ball forward for better head protection for firefighters involved in a struck-by incident? These are some of the questions this module tackles.

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ResponderSafety.com and The Responder Safety Learning Network (RSLN) are a project of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI), a Committee of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association. The RSLN is an online training network delivering critical safety training for roadway incident responders. All training is free and delivered 24/7/365 on demand. The self-paced modules include critical components of roadway operations safety in an emergency situation, including: Advance Warning, Blocking, High Visibility, Traffic Control, Public Outreach, Incident Command, and more. Register online to get started.